The Oral History Intern will work under the supervision of the Oral Historian and Assistant Curator, Audio Collection with the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Oral History Initiative project. The internship will provide the opportunity to develop practical
skills in a museum environment, to introduce the student to a diversity of museum professionals, and teach how curators and oral historians are involved in the process of developing an oral history archive and including audio into exhibitions.
Anticipating high interest in the accessing of the oral history collection by scholars and researchers after the Memorial Museum Spring 2014 opening, the intern’s primary project will focus on helping to organize and prepare the collection for public research. This will give the intern the opportunity to take ownership of the vast collection and collaborate on ways that the collection can be used beyond the exhibition. There will also be ongoing work relating to editing audio for the exhibition. The intern will be actively engaged in these efforts through a cataloging and editing project that involves the following activities:
- Drafting full or partial transcripts of oral history interviews.
- Drafting accurate digests of previously recorded interview content, noting
- specific words, phrases, and sentences of particular resonance and those
- related to historical themes.
- Assisting with the cataloging and entering of that content into the Museum’s
- Continuing to work with the memorial remembrance collection to identify clips
- that have potential for exhibition.
Qualification/ Skills Requirement
- Graduate or undergraduate student with commitment to history, public history, American studies, museum studies, or material culture.
- Interest in oral history, as demonstrated by successful completion of at least one class in that subject, completion of a project utilizing oral history, or previous cataloging experience.
- Excellent writing skills, particularly the ability to synthesize and summarize accurately.
- Excellent computer skills and willingness to learn new programs, including in-house database and audio editing programs.
- Ability to work with difficult content, often of an emotional or graphic nature.
- Willingness to engage with material relation to September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.
- This internship will be 10 weeks, from June 9th – August 15th
- Interns will work 5 days per week, during regular business hours.
How to Apply:
- Include title of internship in the email subject field.
- Please state the location where job posting was seen.
- Send cover letter and resume by 4/11/14 to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please visit our web site at www.911memorial.org.